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Updated: Questions That Report Of Arrests For Facebook Comment Raise About Indian Law

Update (22/11/12): The head of the Press Council of India, and former Supreme Court judge Justice Katju, who had written to Maharashtra CM regarding the issue, received a response from Prithviraj Chavan, Maharashtra CM, stating that the state government is taking the matter in all seriousness. He informed that the police has arrested 9 people for vandalizing the hospital of a relative of Ms. Shaheen Dhada and stated that appropriate action against the persons responsible for the arrest of the girls will be taken upon getting the enquiry reports of the Inspector General of Police, Konkan Range. Update: Shaheen Dadha, the girl who posted the comment on facebook, has apologised for it. See the video here. Nine have also been arrested for vandalism of the girl's uncle's clinic (video). Meanwhile, Mid Day has published the photograph of the man allegedly responsible for the attack on the clinic. A screeshot here. (all links via @shivaroor) Update (20/11/12): The head of the Press Council of India, and former Supreme Court judge Justice Katju, has written a second letter to the CM of Maharashtra since he did not receive a reply, stating that "Article 21 of the Constitution, to uphold which you have taken an oath, states that no one can be deprived of his life or liberty except in accordance with law. Does Article 21 not exist in Maharashtra ? Does freedom of speech guaranteed by Article 19(1)(a) also not exist in your state ?" and urged the CM to realize "that silence is not an option for…

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